Our favorite June articles on 99U

In honor of our shared number, we’re teaming up with 99U once a month to bring you some of their best articles and insights. This time around we’ve handpicked articles to help boost your professional momentum and inspire your work. Learn how to better set clients’ expectations through email, attract more visitors to your website, and refresh your... Read More

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The best new Photoshop CC features for 2014

As you’ve probably heard by now, Adobe just launched a series of upgrades to its entire Creative Cloud lineup. The upgrade is free for those who have a Creative Cloud subscription and “2014″ is now added to the title so you can be sure you’re using the latest version. The list of upgrades is extensive, but... Read More

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Let’s get personal: Designing your professional logo

Creating a personal logo is one of the most important things you can do as a designer. It’s the first step towards building your professional brand and should be used to communicate a lot about what type of designer you are. Identify your brand Consider how you want to be perceived as a designer. What’s... Read More

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How to retain users with good design

Good design is key to any successful website for increasing user satisfaction and engagement. Facebook, who currently has the largest user base in the world, says one of the most important ways they retain users is by focusing on user-friendly design (via Computer World), and Google says their number one philosophy, is to “Focus on the user and... Read More

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Why designers need a personal website

We’re all busy to a certain degree, no matter how skilled we are at design. If you’re just starting out, you’ll be busy with your education. If you’re already an accomplished designer, you’re probably neck deep in projects. With so much on your plate, how can you possibly find time to maintain an up-to-date personal... Read More

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6 tips for better line spacing in your typography

Is your customer having a tough time reading the text on your design? Maybe it’s time to check the line spacing. Line spacing, or “leading”, is the amount of space between the baselines of each line of text. Correct leading is important because it gives multiple lines of text optimum legibility. The word “leading” comes from... Read More

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3 simple steps to become a better designer

All designers get stuck – especially in the beginning of their career. They may experience short bursts of inspiration, but transforming that success into steady work can be daunting. This often happens when a designer hasn’t solidified their routine or fails to stick to it consistently. If you find yourself falling into this trap, try... Read More

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How to design a successful infographic

Everybody loves a pretty picture – but when it comes to showcasing more complex content, how do you keep it short and sweet? Many designers turn to infographics as a way to simplify complicated information. By replacing charts with playful visuals and only showcasing the most important data, you can tell a better story that... Read More

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6 principles of visual hierarchy for designers

First there were stone tablets, papyrus scrolls and paper. Then came computer screens and electronic tablets. As the technology to display a page evolves, it remains the designer’s job to arrange the content clearly. But what’s the best way?  It’s an increasingly important question, as responsive frameworks force designers to think about many different pages at... Read More

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How to create a playful business monster icon

Today we’re going to have some fun with mobile app design. The most widely used apps are either business or gaming-oriented. Typically they remain separate, but what if you were to combine them? Say hello to the cute business monster icon. This is going to be done in Photoshop and I’ll guide you step by... Read More

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